IN State Department of Health
School Immunization Requirements
|3-5 years old||K-3rd Grade||Grades 4-5|
|Grades 6-11||Grade 12|
- Hep B The minimum age for the 3rd dose of Hepatitis B is 24 weeks of age
- DTaP Four doses of DTaP/DTP/DT are acceptable if 4th dose was administered on or after childâ€™s 4th birthday.
- Polio Three doses of Polio are acceptable for all grade levels if the third dose was given on or after the 4th birthday and at least 6 months after the previous dose with only one type of vaccine used (all OPV or all IPV). For students in grades kindergarten through 6th grade the final dose must be administered on or after the 4th birthday, and be administered at least 6 months after the previous dose.
- Live Vaccines (MMR, Varicella & LAIV) Live vaccines that are not administered on the same day must be administered a minimum of 28 days apart. The second dose should be repeated if the doses are separated by less than 28 days.
- Varicella Physician documentation of disease history, including month and year, is proof of immunity for children entering preschool through 8th grade. Parental report of disease history is acceptable for grades 9-12.
- Tdap There is no minimum interval from the last Td dose.
- MCV4 Individuals who receive dose 1 on or after their 16th birthday only need 1 dose of MCV4.
- HEP A The minimum interval between 1st and 2nd dose of Hepatitis A is 6 calendar months.
- *For grades 4-12, two doses of Hep A are recommended.
- MenB **Two doses of Meningococcal Serogroup B vaccine are recommended for Grade 12.
- For children who have delayed immunizations, please refer to the 2017 CDC â€œCatch-up Immunization Scheduleâ€ to determine adequately immunizing doses. All minimum intervals and ages for each vaccination as specified per 2017 CDC guidelines must be met for a dose to be valid. A copy of these guidelines can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/
Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,
One type of meningitis is caused by a bacterium called Neisseria meningitidis. Infections caused by this bacterium are serious, and may lead to death. Symptoms of an infection with Neisseria meningitidis may include a high fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, confusion and a rash. This disease can become severe very quickly and often leads to deafness, mental retardation, loss of arms or legs and even death. The bacteria are spread from close person to person contact through the exchange of nose and throat secretions, by activities such as kissing or sharing eating or drinking utensils. The bacteria are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been.
There are two vaccines that can help prevent cases of this disease in teens and young adults. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccination of children with the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (Menactra and Menveo) at 11 or 12 years of age, with a booster dose of the vaccine at 16 years of age. The booster dose at age 16 provides ongoing protection from the disease after high school.
The state of Indiana requires all students in grades 6-12 to have the appropriate number of meningococcal conjugate vaccine doses. One dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine is required for all students in 6th -11th grade. A second booster dose is required for students entering 12th grade. These vaccines are a legal requirement for school entry (Indiana Administrative Code 410 IAC 1-1-1) for the 2015-2016 school year.
All students in grades 6-12 must have acceptable documentation of required immunizations on record at the school they are currently attending. An acceptable record includes a signed record from the childâ€™s health care provider indicating the name of the vaccine given and the date it was given, a record of the immunization in the state immunization registry (CHIRP) prior to the start of the school year, or a record from another school showing the required immunizations have been given.
Many local health departments and private healthcare providers offer this vaccine. Please contact your health care provider for specific instructions regarding your child.
More information about meningococcal disease can be found at: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website:
IN State Department of Health website:
Jodell M. Camden RN
Dugger Union Community Schools